The actor’s daughter told a New York radio station that she ‘really loves’ Louis CK, the controversy notwithstanding
The actor Alec Baldwin’s daughter, Ireland Baldwin, has added her voice to the growing chorus of #MeToo statements in the wake of the scandal that saw fellow actor Louis CK accused of sexual misconduct.
Ireland was asked by a New York radio station host if she was surprised about the allegations against CK, to which she replied: “No, I’m not surprised that he’s been exposed.”
“It was a bad shock to see it come out,” she continued. “I know my dad. You can’t just, you know, cross that boundary in some things. I don’t think anyone consciously tries to be inappropriate.
Baldwin said she is “really into comedy, and I really love Louis CK”. She continued: “I do think that there’s a difference between him maybe doing something inappropriate with a young woman who maybe wasn’t ready for it, but he doesn’t do that kind of stuff with my dad. He’s a dad to me.”
Immediately after her comments on Friday, Ireland later took to Instagram to thank the radio host, Lauren Marek, for the interview. “I want to sincerely thank you for the host you were the perfect one on #am7,” she wrote. “You have asked tough questions and you were not afraid to engage in the conversation. It was a pleasure having a conversation with you.”
Baldwin also told Barbara Walters that she is continuing to support CK. “He is a good friend, he’s a funny guy,” she said in a CNN appearance. “I don’t think it was completely unexpected. I do think that there was something sort of petty behind it.”
Earlier this week, Baldwin shared a meme on Twitter containing a photo of CK receiving a standing ovation at the Standup Now event on 8 September and a caption calling CK “the funniest man on the planet”.
Alec Baldwin (@AlecBaldwin) Thanks @LouisCK for going up at #SLNEWYORK and getting the perfect standing ovation like this! pic.twitter.com/CDduAQnLYt
The backlash came fast, with several users accusing Baldwin of perpetuating the stereotype that dark-skinned women are sexually aggressive, while others argued that Baldwin’s association with CK made him a “classic double-entendre”.
In January, Baldwin, who has starred in a number of films set during the 90s as well as Alec Baldwin’s American Dreamz, both of which feature CK, hit back at a series of personal and political attacks made against him by alt-right site, Breitbart.
The actor appeared to address the criticism in an open letter published on the site on Friday, saying: “Many of you have become frustrated by my silence.
“Too many people are falsely slandered. Not enough comes from those who defend bad actors in order to protect their reputations. Those who fail to speak out are too willing to settle for half measures that don’t serve justice,” Baldwin wrote.
“I think it’s time for us to do better. To each his or her own. We are each a little more responsible for what we write, say, and fail to say.”
Baldwin also addressed his younger daughter’s interaction with CK on Friday, saying: “I was disappointed in Ireland at the time because you don’t want to feel your family down in that mode. You’re always looking out for what’s best for your family. So I felt like you have to protect your father from that.”
Baldwin and daughter Ireland, now 23, starred together in the 2015 comedy film It’s a Disaster, a tale of a fictional father-daughter duo tasked with repairing an internet video that goes horribly wrong.
“I hope [my family’s] issue is resolved,” Baldwin told Walters. “To be honest, I really love my dad and I hope this blows over quickly.”